College/University Programs for Mathematics Specialists


University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) - Master of Arts, M.A. Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
This variation of the Education Strand of the Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Teacher Education meets the requirements of the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement granted by the Arizona Department of Education for teachers who are currently certified in elementary education or special education. Students take the 9 units of college and major core courses required of all TTE majors. The 18 units of mathematics and mathematics education courses required for the endorsement are part of the supporting coursework for the degree. See also the Secondary (Middle/High School) Math Specialist in Teacher Mentoring Program.

Mesa Community College (Mesa, AZ) - Math Specialist Endorsement (K-8)
This program is designed for Elementary or Special Education certified teachers to teach math up to grade 8. Required Course (3 credits): EDU249 Methods & Curriculum Development for Math, plus 15 credits of Math Elective Courses. Other requirement include: passing the Arizona Educator Proficiency Exam (AEPA) and Middle Grades Mathematics subject knowledge test.

Rio Salado College (Online) (Tempe, AZ) - K-8 Math Specialist Endorsement
If you have a degree from another state and would like to become certified in Arizona, Rio Salado College has courses that can help you meet Arizona Standard Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education certification requirements, including the attainment of a math specialist endorsement.


University of Georgia (Athens, GA) - Elementary and Middle School Advanced Mathematics Teaching Specialist
The University of Georgia Department of Mathematics and Science Education offers MEd and EdS degrees for practicing elementary and middle school teachers at the Griffin campus. The overall purpose of the degree programs is to provide a discipline-focused program of graduate study to prepare advanced mathematics teaching specialists at the elementary and middle school levels.

Illinois (Chicago Public Schools)

DePaul University (Chicago, IL) - CPS K-5 Math Specialist
DePaul's School of Education offers a sequence of four courses for practicing teachers who have a K-9 elementary teaching certificate and who plan to teach mathematics in grades K through 5. The program will enable participants to complete all requirements for a CPS K - 5 mathematics specialization, and it will enhance their ability to teach mathematics to children. Teachers who aim to become leaders in the reform of mathematics education may include these courses in a Master's degree program in Curriculum Studies.

National-Louis University (Chicago, IL) - Grades K-5 Mathematics & Science Certification Enhancement Program
The NLU Grades K-5 mathematics specialization program path is designed for certified teachers who want to broaden their expertise in mathematics teaching. Teachers will examine the latest methods for teaching mathematics using the best current research and practice. They will analyze curricular programs to make sure that the most important mathematical topics and problem solving processes are thoroughly addressed. They will build up their own knowledge of critical concepts in mathematics to be better able to differentiate instruction, modify lessons, and extend student learning in challenging ways.


University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) - Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in K-8 Mathematics Instructional Leadership
Howard County Public School System (Ellicott City, MD) has partnered with UMBC to develop a Master of Arts in Education or graduate certificate program to expand mathematics content knowledge especially in the areas of inquiry pedagogy, culturally responsive instruction and leadership in mathematics. The MAE with a concentration in Mathematics Instructional Leadership (No mathematics specialist endorsement currently available in MD) is a graduate degree program designed for practicing teachers who wish to enhance and develop professional practices and content understanding in the field of mathematics. This cohort program includes 18 credits of course work in mathematics education and 18 credits of core education courses.


University of Michigan-Flint (Flint, MI) - Mathematics for Elementary Education (EDM)
The vision for the EDM program is that all future K – 8 teachers will: discover that mathematics makes sense and is interesting and valuable; have a profound understanding of foundational mathematics; make effective use of best pedagogical practices following the NCTM Principles & Standards; use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely both orally and in writing; become leaders in mathematics education to effect positive change in their communities; and, most importantly, guide children to success with mathematics.


Ohio State University at Newark (Newark, OH) - P-6 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
The P-6 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement prepares candidates to serve in leadership roles in schools as classroom coaches, mathematics teacher leaders, curriculum or professional development providers, and more. The endorsement can be attached to early childhood licenses or certificates, middle childhood licenses or certificates, or AYA mathematics licenses or secondary mathematics certificates. Consider the P-6 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement if you are one of those K-12 mathematics teachers interested in redirecting your teaching career toward working with elementary schools and teachers to improve the mathematics learning of students. For more information click here.

South Dakota

Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD) - MSCI Math Specialist Program
The MSCI Math Specialist plan of study offers core courses online and specialization courses in a site based format. This is a focused plan of study dealing with math instruction at all levels. The MSCI Math Specialist program meets the South Dakota requirements for designation as a Math Specialist.


College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) - Math Specialist (K-8)
A teacher may earn a Masters of Arts in Education as a K-8 Math Specialist through the College of William and Mary program. Satisfactory completion of all program requirements will lead to endorsement as a K-8 Mathematics Specialist through the Virginia Department of Education.  A teacher who already has a Masters Degree in a related field may submit their credentials to the Virginia Department of Education for evaluation after completing the five math courses and three leadership courses required. While our Mathematics Specialist program is new, our first graduates crossed the stage this past Spring 2009.

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) - Mathematics Specialist Leader (K-8) Concentration (MSLR)
The 33-credit math specialist leader concentration includes the required course work for state licensure as a K-8 mathematics specialist. Students study mathematics content and mathematics pedagogy in the program. Students who apply for math specialist licensure must have three years of successful teaching experience and a graduate degree. Read program FAQs.

James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) - Master of Education in K-8 Mathematics Specialist
The Master of Education program that leads to K-8 Mathematics Specialist endorsement begins Summer 2009. Mathematics Specialists are teacher leaders based in elementary and middle school settings who have strong preparation and background in mathematics and instructional strategies specific to grades K-8 and are prepared to serve in leadership roles. Mathematics specialists serve as resources for professional development for teachers, curriculum development and implementation, and parent and community education.

Longwood University (Farmville, VA) - K-8 Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction Specialist
The K-8 Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction Specialist concentration is designed for the classroom teacher who wants to improve instructional skills as well as expand knowledge and skills in mathematics. Completion of this program may lead to the Postgraduate Professional License and an add-on endorsement as a K-8 Mathematics Specialist.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) - Math Specialist Program
For those who do not already have a Master's Degree, UVa offers a Math Specialist M.Ed. program. The Mathematics Specialist program at UVa is a 33 credit program leading to an M.Ed. degree in mathematics education. The program will be offered in a cohort model with candidates typically completing the program over three years.

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) - Virginia Mathematics Specialist Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University, in conjunction with the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, two university core partners (Norfolk State University and the University of Virginia) and 5 school district core partners offers an NSF Institute to prepare K-5 middle school Mathematics Specialists. Two cohorts of 25 teachers each earn Masters Degrees in mathematics content and educational leadership, which encompass the proposed activities specified for licensure as a Mathematics Specialist by the Virginia Department of Education. Participants are recruited from participating school systems across the state, representing diverse populations, based on recommendations from school administrators. The school system agrees to assign teachers who complete the Masters Degree program to be licensed as Mathematics Specialists with sufficient non-classroom time to carry out their responsibilities as specified under the established Virginia description for Specialist. Click here for more information.

Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) - Mathematics Specialist (K-8) Program
The Mathematics Specialist Program at Virginia Tech is designed for in-service teachers in grades K-8. The program is a cohort program made up of 33 hours of coursework focusing on mathematics education leadership and mathematics content specific to grades K-8. The Mathematics Specialist Program leads to a Masters of Education Degree (MAED) or Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in Curriculum and Instruction.

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